- The Power of Visualization
- The Power of Action
- The Power of Discipline
- The Power of Follow Up
- The Power of Self Mastery
- Power Series Summary – A Personal Story
- The Power of Persistence
- The Power of Gratitude
- The Power of Positive Thinking
- The Power of Hard Work
- The Power of Perspectives
- The Power of Commitment
Employ the power of gratitude to turbo charge yourself to success. The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated. People will do more if they feel appreciated. People will do less if they are criticized. You can use these fundamental aspects of human nature to immensely succeed in life. Be thankful for who you are and the people around you. Be less critical of yourself and others. Count your blessings one by one and watch them multiply.
Every morning when I wake up I thank God for the gift of life. Growing up we always said “grace” before meals. In the prayer we would thank God for providing us with food, life, comfort etc. Later in life I tried extending “grace” to cover more aspects of my life; from health to relationships; from family to finances etc. It is not always automatic so I have to constantly remind myself to be thankful for what I have. Sometimes I get caught up with life and forget to be thankful for what I have. But real progress and happiness only happens when I am sincerely grateful for what I have.
The Attractor Factor
Think of yourself as a magnet. Whatever you think about you attract to your life. If you purposefully focus on all the good things that have happened in your life, you will get more of that. If you are married, be thankful for the husband or wife that you have. Keep focusing on the things you appreciate about your partner and are genuinely grateful for. You will notice that that will become a self fulfilling prophesy. You will get more of what you are grateful for.
Being grateful for what you have does not mean settling for less. You still have to work hard and aim high. But forgive yourself for mistakes and be grateful for the chance to learn from them. Recognize your progress towards your goals and be grateful. Being grateful helps you attract the very best to your life.
Gratitude is not the same as Indebtedness
According to Wikipedia, gratitude is not the same as indebtedness. While both emotions occur following help, indebtedness occurs when a person perceives that they are under an obligation to make some repayment of compensation for the aid. The emotions lead to different actions; indebtedness motivates the recipient of the aid to avoid the person who has helped them, whereas gratitude motivates the recipient to seek out their benefactor and to improve their relationship with them.
Below are some inspiring quotes to do with gratitude:
- Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. Buddha
- Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. Denis Waitley
- Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust
- Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. Margaret Cousins
- The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. John E. Southard
The power of gratitude extends to all spheres of life. If you run a business, be thankful for having a business, for the customers that you have, for the ideas that you have, for the profits that you have made or can make. Instead of constantly chasing what you don’t have, be thankful of what you have. Treat your customers with care and gratitude. They will notice and tell their friends about you.
I am very grateful for the few readers and active commenters that I have on this blog. Thank you very much people. I really appreciate you being here, your visits propel me to write more. It would be lonely on this blog without your support. Thank you.
P/s – I happened to find a gratitude song that I used to love back in the days! Enjoy the video.
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